ENAG11008 - Professional and Sustainable Engineering Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will explore the role of engineers in the context of sustainable engineering design and practice. In a team, you will be required to research issues, evaluate the quality of the information obtained and prepare reports on an issue involving sustainable development and practice. You will develop communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, which will assist you to function effectively in the engineering workplace and as collaborative learners. You will be required to attend a compulsory residential school early in Term 1 to facilitate attaining the unit learning outcomes.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 5%
4. Presentation and Written Assessment 20%
5. Online Quiz(zes) 5%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Residential school assisted to meet the lecturers, fellow students, and understand the unit and assessments.
Recommendation
Maintain a compulsory residential school.
Action Taken
All went well
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Zoom tutorial sessions were helpful but could be improved by having set topics and tasks.
Recommendation
Continue to offer weekly Zoom virtual tutorials but ensure there are set activities to maintain attendance and interest.
Action Taken
Zoom sessions were on weekly content and assessment related discussions. All went well.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Increase the amount of video resources for lectures or recordings of Zoom tutorials.
Recommendation
Provide video recordings of lecturers and Zoom tutorials where possible to increase understanding of the material.
Action Taken
Video recordings were available via the Moodle site.
Source: Student evaluation and Staff
Feedback
Add an example of a sustainability framework.
Recommendation
Creating a framework for assessing the sustainability of a project needs to be scaffolded better by providing students with an example which they can customise and improve for their particular scenario.
Action Taken
Sustainability framework was discussed in Zoom sessions and all went well.
Source: Moodle unit evaluation
Feedback
The group activities help to build collaborative skills and offers a different learning experience as everyone has a different perspective.
Recommendation
Glad to note that the assessment format was helpful to students’ learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle unit evaluation
Feedback
More exemplars on the assessment pieces.
Recommendation
Noted. Examples will be discussed during Zoom discussions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities with sustainable development and assess current applications in engineering practice
  2. Investigate and discuss the interdependence of sustainable development and ethics in professional engineering practice
  3. Identify appropriate sources of information, research an issue and evaluate the quality of the information obtained
  4. Prepare technical reports and presentations to communicate the results and limitations of investigations
  5. Demonstrate effective teamwork and communication skills by supporting collaborative problem solving and learning
  6. Demonstrate effective time, team and project management skills

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked to the Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Presentation and Written Assessment
5 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Presentation and Written Assessment
5 - Online Quiz(zes)